He uses a device to purify water in order to make it safe to drink while hiking in remote areas.
- To take the toxins out of drinking water is an example of purify.
- To go to church and be freed from sin is an example of purify.
transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
- to rid of impurities or pollution
- to free from guilt, sin, or ceremonial uncleanness
- to free from incorrect or corrupting elements
- to purge (of or from)
Origin of purifyMiddle English purifien from Old French purifier from Classical Latin purificare: see pure and -fy
transitive verbpu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing, pu·ri·fies
- To rid of impurities: purify water.
- To rid of foreign or objectionable elements: tried to purify the party of its dissenters.
- To free from moral or spiritual defilement: rituals to purify the soul.
Origin of purifyMiddle English purifien from Old French purifier from Latin pūrificāre pūrus clean ; see pure . -ficāre -fy
(third-person singular simple present purifies, present participle purifying, simple past and past participle purified)